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Allina Health EMS honored with NAEMT/EMS World 2017 Award of Excellence

ST. PAUL, Minn. 8/22/2017 — National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and EMS World have honored Allina Health Emergency Medical Service with one of its 2017 National EMS Awards of Excellence. The awards will be presented during NAEMT’s General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and on Oct. 18, during EMS World Expo’s opening ceremony.

In announcing the selection, the NAEMT and EMS World noted these accomplishments of Allina Health EMS:
"Allina Health EMS serves more than 100 Minnesota communities and employs nearly 570 paramedics, EMTs, dispatchers, special transportation drivers, maintenance and administration and support personnel. Services include priority medical dispatch, 9-1-1 pre-arrival instructions, emergency and non-emergency ambulance response, the Greater Minnesota Ride program and wheelchair transport. In 2017, to support the development of evidence-based practice, Allina Health EMS added an in-house epidemiologist and a manager of EMS analytics to expand research, analysis and interpretation of information. In 2015, Allina’s communications center became one of only 144 dispatch centers in the world to achieve accreditation by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch. Allina launched a mobile integrated health (MIH) project to reduce the number of readmission and ED visits for patients with mental health issues or frequent hospital readmissions for CHF, COPD or cardiac conditions. In 2015, the agency conducted the first Allina Health EMS Freedom House EMT class to recruit and train inner-city St. Paul residents as EMTs."

"We are proud of the accomplishments of Allina Health EMS in service of the more than one million individuals in our service area," said Allina Health EMS president and EMS chief Brian LaCroix. "Our commitment to high-quality patient care is clear. In everything we do, from hiring the best candidates, to the processes established to achieve our care goals, to our commitment to continuing education for our employees: We are focused on the patient."

Formed in 1975 and more than 65,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military.

About EMS World
As the industry’s first prehospital publication, EMS World has the reputation and body of work EMS providers have trusted for more than 44 years. With the highest circulation in the industry, the publication’s primary audience is EMS chiefs, administrators and paramedics. As the leading EMS services portal, delivers breaking news 24/7 and exclusive online education and training for all levels of EMS practitioners, as well as the most comprehensive listing of EMS products, services and technologies in the industry.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.